11/01/2005: "It vexes me"
Tonight I (hopefully if the client is satisfied) finished my large Fiddler commission. I think it looks really good, now I just have to let it dry and then try and figure out how to ship it. I've never shipped a painting this big before. I think it might be easier to take it off its frame and ship it rolled along with the bars to reasemble on the other end. Has anyone ever tried that before? If so, did it work or was it a disaster? I'm really worried about it, as I've spent a great deal of time on this piece and I don't want it damaged in any way.
Also, I have this bad habit when I paint late at night, in that even after the painting is finished, or at a good stopping point... I can't stop looking at it. I'll just sit for the longest time looking at it. Then do something come back look some more, go to bed, get up, run up the stairs, turn on the light and look some more...on and on. I see it in my head when I turn off the lights, it doesn't matter what the painting is of or if it sucks...I just *have* to see it.
One time (and I'm embarassed to admit this) I brought my bedding upstairs and slept on the floor in front of my easle with the light on so I could just glance up at it if I felt so compelled. (this is one of many reasons why I can never have a roommate).